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Letter to the Editor: Thoughtful inquiry into land use…

Short Term Rentals (VRD’s) affect all Lincoln County Residents 
How will STRs strain Lincoln County Emergency Preparedness Plan?  In 600 feet of Neptune Ave in Gleneden Beach there are 9 STRs with potential of up to 140 people.   This high density is repeated in small neighborhoods, with limited streets, throughout the county. Tourist numbers can greatly impact evacuations.  Echo Fire was a wake up.    
 
Environmental issues include over capacity septic, lack of recycling, infrastructure overuse, increased cars, increased trash from STRs as compared to single family homes.    
Affordable housing is lost when a small cabin gleans an inflated price to become a quaint STR.
Available housing shortages grow as reports of healthcare professionals leaving, veterinarian not coming, medical staff driving from valley due to prices and lack of housing.  Recruitment of teachers, fire and law positions, motel management, trades positions, retail and more is challenged.  Ask your local electric or heating business if they have unfilled positions.  With less local trades people, area code (503) vehicles are increasingly parked at STRs. 
Housekeepers make up the bulk of STR’s employment numbers. Benefits and guaranteed hours often lacking.  Opportunities for advancement is seldom realized.  Irregular hours, no insurance, vacation or sick time may impact county unemployment numbers.     
Voluntarism and charitable contribution are decreased.  Likely neither STR owners nor renters contribute locally.  Additionally, STRs lower census causing state and federal funding decreases   
Some studies on how STRs impact local economy show surprising results.  Findings may indicate far less dollars are seen locally than anticipated.
Residential zones are intended to be homes for neighbors, not houses for renters.   
Ardys Schimmel
Gleneden Beach
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